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1. 1492: Conquest of Paradise is a dramatic depiction of Columbus’ voyages to the New World. Initially, Columbus believed that he was traveling west to find a sea route to China and the Far East, but he eventually discovered most of the Caribbean Sea, the northern coast of South America, and part of the Central American coast. At the start of the movie, Columbus talks to his son about the nature of Earth. He asks his son to observe a ship moving off the horizon, and proves that the earth is round by noting that the ship slowly disappears as it moves further away. Columbus argues with a scholar regarding the nature of his voyage and convinces him of his plans.
We then see an Inquisition scene; several Jews are being asphyxiated and burned in public for not renouncing their faith. Columbus drags his horrified son out of the area. A week later, Columbus proposes his western voyage to the royal court at Salamanca....
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